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No. 11 Wyoming knocks off No. 3 Nevada 74-71 in Quarterfinals of Mountain West Tournament

Wyoming becomes the first 11-seed in Mountain West history to advance to the semifinals.

NCAA Basketball: Mountain West Conference Tournament- Wyoming vs Nevada Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Well, it’s March.

Entering the Mountain West Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament, No. 11 Wyoming (9-23) totaled just two wins in 18 regular season conference games. The Cowboys have now earned two wins versus conference opponents in the last two days when it has mattered most.

Wyoming brushed off a 12-point deficit and knocked off No. 3 Nevada 74-71 in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament Friday in the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

After becoming the first No. 11 seed in Mountain West history to advance to the quarterfinals, Wyoming is the first in the conference’s history to advance to the semifinals.

Wyoming will face No. 2 Utah State in the semifinals Friday at 8:30 p.m. PST on CBS Sports Network.

The Cowboys held Nevada to 36.2 percent shooting — 26.7 percent in the second-half — and 36 percent from 3-point range. The Wolf Pack went 10:23 without a made field goal in the second half.

The Pack had four double-digit scorers. Lindsey Drew led Nevada with 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Jalen Harris tallied 17 points on just 2-of-13 shooting, his fewest field goals since going 0-for-4 in eight minutes in the season-opener versus Utah. He fouled out with 2:34 remaining.

Jazz Johnson had 15 points on 5-of-17 shooting. Nisré Zouzoua added 11 points on 3-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc.

Wyoming shot 38.7 percent from the floor and 40.7 percent from 3-point range.

The Cowboys had three scorers in double figures. Kwane Marble II led the Cowboys with a career-high 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting. Hunter Thompson had 14 points on 3-of-5 shooting. Jake Hendricks added 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc.

Drew’s steal-and-score gave Nevada the early 13-6 lead. Back-to-back Wyoming 3-pointers propelled a 9-1 run, giving the Cowboys the 15-14 lead. Hunter Maldonado’s 3-pointer extended their advantage to 26-22 with 7:24 remaining.

Nevada’s 12-0 run gave the Pack the 34-26 lead with 3:04 left in the opening half. Back-to-back 3-pointers gave Wolf Pack the 43-33 lead heading into halftime. Nevada shot 46.4 percent to Wyoming’s 33.3 percent in the first half.

Kenny Foster’s second-chance layup cut Nevada’s lead to 50-44. Hendricks’ 3-pointer trimmed the Pack advantage to 56-49, prompting a Nevada timeout with 9:05 remaining. Thompson’s 3-point basket gave Wyoming the 62-61 lead.

The Cowboys did not relinquish their lead for the remainder of the contest. Nevada cut it to one point twice in the final 30 seconds, but were unable to muster up enough points for the victory.

Nevada currently stands at 19-12 on the season with a chance at making the CBI or NIT.

No. 3 Nevada gets eliminated from MWC Tournament Thursday.